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SNL Recap: The Best & Worst of Andrew Garfield Hosting


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LIVE  on Monday, May 5th, Rob Cesternino and Rich Tackenberg review the latest Saturday Night Live hosted by Andrew Garfield.  Rob and Rich break down the episode to discuss what worked and didn’t work.

What Worked This Week

  • Rob really loved “The Beygency” which was the Beyonce-themed movie parody.  Rich liked it but didn’t love it.
  • Celebrity Family Feud was fun once again but Rob was distracted by the fact of whether Justin Timberlake would feel betrayed by Andrew Garfield’s Justin Timberlake impression.
  • Rich really loved the sketch with Kevin’s wedding toast and the increasingly awkward depths that the sketch went to.

What Didn’t Work this Week:

  • Both Rob and Rich didn’t appreciate the humor of “Stanx” and Rob said that this made him say to the writers, “You’re better than this”.
  • Rob and Rich did not care for the Oliver sketch and Rob said “Can I please NOT have some more?”
  • Rob and Rich were stumped why “The Bird Bible” sketch came back this week.
  • Apparently Kyle Mooney’s sketch (watch it below) which didn’t make the show
  • The Leslie Jones appearance according to some viewers who took to twitter to complain about about the sketch.

Join us next week when we rehash the best and worst of the next episode with Charlize Theron and musical guest, The Black Keys this weekend.


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  • Anna J

    Did you guys know that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are dating? Does that change your opinions on her cameos?

    • 100%. I guess he broke up with the actress from “Raising Hope”? Now even cuter!

      • Natalie Franklin

        Yeah… they broke up in 2011.

  • redbluegreen

    Rich is totally right about the fake kiss, but I’m surprised neither of you saw it coming as soon as Chris Martin entered. And I think the joke that Andrew and Emma couldn’t kiss was because they are actually dating. If it was random A list costars then it wouldn’t make sense.

    Nice recap this week.

    • yes! if they had alluded to them dating (I didn’t know), there could have been a funny reason for the bad kissing!!!

  • Luke Remwolt

    Can someone less pretentious review the musical acts? It’s
    really grating to listen to nothing but complaints for 10 minutes every week.

    • David Fink

      Yep, I agree 100%

      • James Keast

        I don’t think it’s been a great stretch of musical guests lately, but I will do my best to be more positive. Here’s hoping for some great Black Keys coming up next week.

  • Mike Bloom

    I’m sad I had to miss out on the recap! This in my opinion was definitely one of the stronger shows of the season. Not an extremely strong show in recent memory, but at least the sketch quality throughout the night didn’t have an uneven pattern like we’ve seen in this season.
    A couple of things:
    -I think one of the reasons a lot of people really loved the Beyonce sketch is because they have that friend, that person who believes she can do no wrong and everything she touches turns to riff-laden gold. For me, I have a friend on Twitter who posts maybe almost every day that she needs to “live life like Beyonce” and to bow down before the Queen Bey, so this really hit home with me.
    -This whole Leslie Jones controversy just exasperates me. Let me get this straight, people. First you get mad that they don’t have a black woman on the show, and you complain about it. Then, when they cast a black woman on the show, you complain that she’s not having her opinions represented fully. And THEN, when they bring on a black woman who is very prominently speaking her opinions, you complain that it’s racist. I’m not exactly sure what people want here, except to just make the show as a scapegoat for racial persecution.
    -Going to Leslie’s Twitter rant, I don’t necessarily agree that someone like Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle would get away with doing the same bit on SNL. I don’t think the problem was with the material, but with the venue it was presented. Even though it’s late on a Saturday, it’s still network TV, and that’s quite a different crowd from the cable watchers.
    -Part of me also wonders how a pre-tape like “White Like Me” would have gone over in a Twitter-existant universe. People would probably be calling for Eddie Murphy to be deported.

    • redbluegreen

      I understand your exasperation, but I don’t think it’s the same people expressing these various frustrations with the show. And had the bit been offensive (I don’t think it was) then I think the same people who called for more black female voices on SNL would still have the right to speak out.

      However, I think you hit the nail on the head…the venue for the material wasn’t a right fit. If Jones did her bit as part of a stand up routine then I think it would be funny, but somehow as part of a weekend update bit in dialog with Jost altered the vibe of the bit.

      I think, as Rob pointed out, if the audience knew who Jones was, and frankly if SNL had a consistent diversity of voices, then Jones’ material would have played better.

  • Jason Lee

    Awww, kinda sad that everyone was so down on Coldplay’s first song, I think “Magic” is their best single in a long time, particularly after their most recent lackluster album. I love the understated, minimal instrumentation at the beginning that builds to the full arrangement with the acoustic guitar. It kinda reminded me of Frank Ocean’s performances from last season. (but I agree that the second song was completely unmemorable)

  • homertownie

    I wish the Podcast talked about the actual skits in detail. The podcast is almost entirely about the cast members, and when it does discus the skits it is only in vague opinions totally lacking reference to anything specific in the skit. .

    Do you realize how many times in each segment the podcast refers to the skit as “this” without ever describing the skit? At least a dozen times. I heard the podcast driving down the road a few days later and half the time I couldn’t even figure out the skit the podcast is talking about.

    These podcast sounds as if it is a podcast for people who have watched SNL religiously for 20 years. If you just watched the SNL last week, it is a very hard podcast to follow. I like hearing about the easter eggs in the show, but that hardly saves a stupid skit for anybody under 30.

    • this is great feedback, thanks. I forget someone may have watched hours of other television in between SNL and our podcast!

      • homertownie

        I think most people think of the skits by the setting and the joke of the skit. If you could just set up the discussion of each segment by reminding the listener about the setting and the joke, everything else would be much more understandable and the podcast would be listenable days, months, even years later.

        Just as an example. The podcast referred to the cold opening as “the Sterling Press Conference”. That was huge news last weekend, old news on Wednesday, and probably nobody will remember that reference a couple months from now. If you would just set up the discussion by saying “The cold opening built upon the NBA Clippers owner racist comments that was big news this week….” you would make the podcast much more accessible and memorable. SNL will never use that video a year from now because nobody would understand the setting that made the skit even half way interesting.

        A good example of doing it right for listeners is how the Leslie Jones segment was set up in the podcast. It was described first, and background given, before the analysis.

        As a general matter, it is very poor writing to keep saying “this skit” and other pronouns, especially on radio/podcast when the listener cannot look back to see what you are talking about. People listening to a podcast while driving have to divert their attention to driving and could easily miss an initial definition of what “this skit” means. No pronoun should be used three, six, eight, ten sentences in a row on radio/podcast without repeating the meaning of the pronoun. Even “he said” gets confusing after a half dozen times without reminding the reader/listener who “he” is referring to.

        I enjoy the depth of your knowledge of SNL and especially like learning why the show has applause at times that make no sense to me. But even people who watched SNL for years did so half drunk on a Saturday night, so they are not going to have a great recall of easter egg references.

        Keep trying to improve and I think you will have a much better podcast show.